by Susan Ellis
Some years ago when I was doing physical therapy for a bad knee, one of the therapist, a woman who talked in yells, said (yelled) to me, "SUSAN, THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN YOU AND ME IS THAT YOU LIVE IN FEAR!"
Fair enough, and one of the things I really fear is grilling. That cute little table-top Weber I bought 2? 3? years ago did get out of the box and that was it. I fear the trouble — the mess, the time, the fire and charcoal.
All of this to say that I really appreciate Jennifer Chandler's Simply Grilling, the third in her "Simply" series. She signs the book tonight, Thursday, April 26th, at the Booksellers at Laurelwood at 6 p.m.
As the title says, this is all about making grilling easy — easy enough for the novice, to turn the weekend griller into a weeknight griller.
Recipes range from grilled cherry tomatoes with sweet basil vinaigrette and Prosciutto and Fontina stuff chicken breasts to grilled bananas Foster(!). (It's also worth noting that the book's smart-looking photos are Justin Fox Burks.)
One last thing I like about Simply Grilling: Chandler cleverly includes those recipes that can be made stove-top in a grill pan.
Grill pans don't scare me one bit.